Annual Congressional Dinner

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The 72nd Annual Congressional Dinner Kicked Off Washington's "Prom Season" with a Roar.

A long-standing Washington tradition, the Annual Congressional dinner brings Capitol Hill and the media for a light-hearted evening together, a departure from partisan politics and the issues of the day.  The jabs are lighthearted quips from the podium and the only business at hand is a convivial, across the aisle congeniality.  

A sold-out audience of journalists and their congressional guests attended this first dinner of the season to hear lawmakers share the lighter side of working together in a not-always-so-convivial Washington, D.C.   Thank you to last year's speakers, Speaker Paul Ryan, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Lindsey Graham, and Senator Barbara Boxer, and to Bill Plante as a masterful master of ceremonies.

The Congressional Dinner is the major fundraising event that supports the work of the WPCF. Originally an event hosted by the Women's National Press Club, it remains the place for those who make the laws and those who cover them to share an evening of good-natured fun.  Funds from the event help important journalism initiatives including oral history projects documenting pioneering female reporters and annual summer internships in Washington bureaus to foster diversity in newsrooms.

Tickets for the 2017 dinner will become available for news organizations and their Capitol Hill guests in late October.  To reserve your table, send an email to  For non-media organizations interested in becoming a sponsor please visit our sponsorship page for more information.  

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors for the event include BP, Toyota, CQ Roll Call, The Hill, Washington Examiner, Toyota, UnitedHealth Group,  Ford Motor Company, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce,  the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and The National Retail Federation S-3.  

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Reviews of past dinners......

The Washington Post

The Hill

Roll Call

Comedy Central

The Salt Lake Tribune

The 71stCongressional Dinner will be held on February 4 of 2015.   If you would like information on how to become an event sponsor and be invited by the Foundation to also purchase seats at the dinner please contact the Foundation's Executive Director, Suzanne Pierron, at   

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Archive Photo Gallery

Washington Life Magazine Coverage of the 69th Annual Congressional Dinner

2012 68th Annual Congressional Dinner Video

2011 67th Annual Congressional Dinner video

2010 66th Annual Congressional Dinner video